Northern Trust

    Northern Trust Corp. history, profile and corporate video

     Northern Trust Corp. operates as a financial holding company, which provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families and individuals worldwide. The company conducts business through its U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries, including The Northern Trust Co. It operates through two business units: Corporate and Institutional Services and Personal Financial Services. The Corporate and Institutional Services unit provides asset servicing, asset management, securities lending, brokerage, banking and related services to corporate and public retirement funds, foundations, endowments, fund managers, insurance companies, sovereign wealth and government funds. The Personal Financial Services unit provides personal trust, investment management, custody and philanthropic services; financial consulting; guardianship and estate administration; brokerage services; and private and business banking. It focuses on high net worth individuals and families, business owners, executives, professionals, retirees, and established privately-held businesses in its target markets. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

    “Northern Trust History and Culture

    Trusted, Innovative

    In August 1889, Byron Laflin Smith — one of the most respected bankers in Chicago, Illinois — created The Northern Trust Company to serve the city’s affluent individuals and organizations. By 1906, Northern Trust had grown from a single room into a flourishing organization, and moved into a permanent home at 50 South La Salle Street.

    In 1891, Northern Trust realized that the prospective proceeds of life insurance claims could be manageable assets. This led us to create the very first life insurance trust.

    Northern Trust introduced an employee life insurance plan in 1912, and a pension plan in 1913 – among the first of their kind in the country. That commitment to employees continues today.

    In the 1950s, Northern Trust quickly adapted to new advances in technology, automating banking processes and introducing new products and services. And in 1962, we became one of the first financial institutions in the nation to process checks electronically.

    In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act. Our advanced personal trust accounting and reporting systems helped us become a leading provider of independent master trustee and custodian services to corporate employee benefit funds.

    Meeting Our Clients’ Specialized Needs

    In the 1960s, our clients began to develop business interests outside the United States.  Therefore, in 1969, Northern Trust opened a London office, making us the first Illinois-chartered financial institution to open a branch outside the United States.

    By 1982, many wealthy families and individuals were using family offices. We formed the Wealth Management Group to provide them sophisticated global custody, asset management, fiduciary and risk management solutions.

    In 1998, we formed Northern Trust Global Investments, serving both personal and institutional clients, to provide focused investment management capabilities.

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    An Expanding Global Vision

    As global markets have grown more fast-paced and complex, we have continued to establish new offices and develop new products and services to meet our clients’ needs.

    Today, we are the largest administrator of offshore private equity funds in Europe, and one of the world’s leading providers of institutional index management services.”

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